I Was Wrong, There is No War on Religion!

Recently, I’ve been railing on the apparent war on religion in this country. On the radio show I see story after story about someone’s religious freedom being challenged. But I was wrong. When I went back and reviewed this “war” I realized it was all aimed at Christians, yes, Christians! Skeptical? Take a look.

In getting ready for my weekly shows there are no shortage of “Christian-esque” events being cancelled or moved from public grounds because someone from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), who I fondly refer to as the Freedom from Religion Freaks, sent a letter, filed suit, and made a stink.

For instance, a bakery in Oregon refused to make a cake for a gay wedding. It went against their religious belief. OMG (that’s Oh My Goodness for those not in-the-know), it’s time to tar and feather them. But wait, they have a right to practice their Christian faith, don’t they? Not in Oregon, where the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) are protected from being discriminated against. Were there no other bakeries? What would happen if a Christian couple was denied service at an LGBT-owned bakery because the owners were uncomfortable making a cake that looked like Jesus or the sign of the cross with a scripture about men leaving the natural use of their bodies, or the one that says “when a man finds a wife he finds a good thing”? Would there be equal protection under the law?

Then there was the Christian photographer couple in Colorado who was fined over $6000 for refusing to photograph a gay wedding. The photographers declined the request saying they couldn’t accept the job because their religious scripture says it’s a sin. Wouldn’t you want the person who would capture your joyous occasion, to be someone who understood the moment? The gay couple filed a complaint resulting in a stiff fine for not shooting the wedding. If the reverse happened and a Christian couple asked to have their traditional family wedding (complete with lots of scripture and “God talk”) photographed? What if the gay couple who owned the photography business said they would be too uncomfortable to shoot the wedding? Would there be equal protection under the law?

If I owned a store and simply refused to serve people who believed in global warming or the second amendment or who had offensive t-shirts on, would I be sued? Not a chance! Why? Because it has nothing to do with a religious belief, especially not Christianity.

In several cases female Muslims have fought to win the right wear a “Hijab” while working in a theme park. Let that sink in for a moment (most people working in a theme park are in costume or a uniform). Yet, employees and students have been told that they cannot wear a cross around their neck because it might offend someone! Is that equal protection under the law?

How many cases have you heard of a menorah being removed from a public place during the holidays? Or a Jew asked to remove their yarmulke because it “may offend someone”? It seems like the stories against Christians are 100 to 1!

Recently, a mother in Connecticut was stopped from praying at the entry to a school (on the sidewalk), because she learned that there was ammunition found on school grounds. She prayed as the kids came in. She had been doing it for months until the FFRF called the school to threaten legal action. Yet some public schools have prayer rooms for Muslim students, on school grounds, during school hours, and that’s ok. Your tax dollars pay to accommodate Muslim prayer in school. But it’s not ok for Christians!

If you see stories about attacks on any religion, feel free to forward them on to me (Joe@TheRealSide.com). I’m interested in all of them. But I can tell you, percentage-wise, the primary war is and all-out attack on Christianity. So let me apologize once again… there is no war on religion in this country, but there is a war on Christians. Stand strong my brothers. Take up the whole armor of God and fight back. Never give in and never give up.

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Joe Messina

Joe is a no-nonsense, conservative realist. He is not interested in “what if?” or “we could have!” He is interested in hearing both sides and has no problem taking on taboo issues with real questions looking for real answers. Racism, religion, and politics are all open season for topics, and he’s happy to offer up his opinion in the process! Joe is an engaging speaker mixing a healthy dose of sarcasm with the cold, hard facts, interacting with the audience, taking questions, and often playing “devil’s advocate”… just to make you to think! Actively engaged in community, church, and politics for well over a decade, Joe enjoys the reputation of being a man of integrity and ethics. He has had several successful businesses and held several executive positions with various Fortune 1000 companies. He is often sought after to teach classes his “black and white breakdown” of business ethics. If you like to “stir the pot” a little and you don’t want to hear any more political correctness, Joe is your guy! Just name a topic… politics, religion, racism, or most any current event. Joe can be heard daily across the airwaves and over the internet on several stations.

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  1. Kinda like saying that the house is not on fire because none of the others are burning…and it goes without saying fires spread.

  2. Sorry, but this is just whining.

    The baker was not arrested, fined, kept from running his business in any way. He did something that was rude, and he hid behind his religious beliefs. He was essentially blaming his homophobia on God. He got a lot of negative press, the same way he would have if he had refused to bake a cake for a mixed race couple.

    All this other nonsense about getting a cake with a bible verse…if you want to find a gay baker to make a point, go to. I think that’s a pretty lame way to spend your time and money, but they are your time and your money. Also, making a pastry espousing a backwards belief from the bronze age…that too is a lame waste of resources.

    As for the photographer…what are you talking about? Who has a wedding where the theme is “Well, at least this isn’t a gay wedding?” What are these ridiculous hypothetical situations? I mean, you seem to be angry that gay people just exist and want to be members of society.

    If you owned a store and refused to serve people you would suffer a loss in business. People talk about how they are treated in a business. Also, these examples you are giving relate directly to weddings. This is why religion comes up. You realize that, right? It’s not a hard connection to make.

    You mention the right of Muslim women to wear the garb that their religion requires them to wear in order to be in public. It should be noted that they are fighting to win that right, and I’m sure they believe they should be able to express their religious belief by wearing something on their head the same way a christian would want to wear some sort of Christian tchochkes.

    I have not heard about menorah’s being removed from public places. But you have to admit that Jewish symbols are not generally as pervasive as Christian symbols. I cannot think of a single public menorah anywhere.

    Anyhow. Sir, this entire article is ridiculous. Go pray somewhere and see who tries to stop you. The answer is no one. No one will care unless you are doing it out loud and being annoying about it. If you are simply using your religion as a reason to be homophobic, might I suggest you are doing it wrong?

    1. Hey Jon,

      Aside from what you think are snarky remarks, what Joe has written about has happened and is patently a viloation of these business owners religious freedoms. I have the right as a human being to follow my religious convictions, and I do not lose that right owning a business, going to public school, serving in the military, or anything else.

      Your final comment is telling. “Go pray somewhere and see who tries to stop you. The answer is no one. No one will care unless you are doing it out loud and being annoying about it. If you are simply using your religion as a reason to be homophobic”

      Do you mean Christians have the right to be Christians as long you are silent about it, keep it muffled, stay hidden, in church at home–just don’t come to the public square–because you don’t belong their…?

      I hope you rethink your biased, and rather angry position.

      Thanks for your read, Jon.

      1. No, my position is fine. These people who you seem to want to write a folk song about or something, discriminate against a couple and there are consequences. Sorry. I’m going to throw out the idea that being Christian is not synonymous with anti-gay, and I have no problem with people having religious beliefs (nor does anyone else) but to use your Christianity to support your homophobia is not cool. For the same reason my conservative father will never see a Sean Penn movie because of his beliefs, these companies will face a major backlash over these practices. And your rights are yours until they encroach upon others. A gay couple getting married does not affect your Christianity even slightly. I’m sorry. It does not. It is not your business.

        As for the whole “Do you mean Christians have the right to be Christians as long you are silent about it, keep it muffled, stay hidden, in church at home–just don’t come to the public square–because you don’t belong their…?” business, yeah, be obnoxious about ANYTHING and see how tolerant others are. As for the public square, it depends on what you are doing on the public square, and if you are using public money to do it. I don’t think anyone should have to pay taxes to support your Christianity. I don’t think that this position is radical, angry, or controversial.

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